|Honorary Degree Recipient, E.K. (Ted) Turner (Photograph Collection, A-8290)|
Convocation date: May 25, 1989
Discipline / contribution: community service ; business and industry; agriculture
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of Council and Senate, I present to you Mr. Edward Kerr Turner.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Ted Turner was born on a farm near Maymont, Saskatchewan where he attended the public and high schools. He then came to Saskatchewan to attend the School of Agriculture, graduating in 1948.
Following graduation, Mr. Turner returned to Maymont as the owner-operator of the family farm. While engaged in farming on a full-time basis, he was a very active contributor to social, church and athletic organizations in the community. This commitment and dedication to his community has been identified by all who know him as a life-long characteristic that has led to a cumulative contribution that very few can
Mr Turner is best known for his contributions to Saskatchewan’s largest business organization, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. He was first elected by his fellow farmers in the Maymont district as a delegate in the governing structure of the Pool in 1957. He was re-elected to that position every two years until 1987. He was elected as a Director in 1960, as First Vice-President in 1966 and as President in 1969. He resigned from that position in 1987. He has also served as President of several of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool subsidiary and joint-venture companies. His success as a business leader can be measured in part by the steady growth and success of those companies.
His stature and respect in the national and international business community has been recognized by his appointment to numerous Boards and Advisory Committees. A brief selection from among these appointments includes Member of the Conference Board of Canada, Member of the International Trade Advisory Committee, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Council of Canada and Advisor to the Canadian Government during the International Wheat Agreement negotiations in 1971 and 1978. He was a participant in the Duke of Edinburgh Third Commonwealth Conference in Australia in 1968 and a Committee Member for the Fifth Conference held in Canada in 1980. He also served as a Member of the Steering Committee for the National Forum on Post-secondary Education held in Saskatoon in 1986.
Mr. Turner understands and appreciates the importance of the University of Saskatchewan and its traditions to the people of their Province. The Wheat Pool, under his leadership, was a generous contributor to scholarship funds, a good collaborator in research and a generous donor for special projects. But, what has been most gratifying in working with him as one of the Co-Chairmen of the College of Agriculture Fund Raising Campaign, is to hear him describe the importance of a strong University of Saskatchewan for the well-being of the people of the Province.
The University community, in turn, has paid tribute to Mr. Turner by electing him to become Chancellor on July 1.
For his contributions as farm leader, as community worker and as University supporter — all undertaken in the Saskatchewan tradition of working together - Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Mr Edward Kerr Turner and ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Leo F. Kristjanson, President
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